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New to aquarium plants? Or maybe just new to these forums? Start off here with a quick hello to introduce yourself.
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New to Planted Aquariums

Don't know where to begin? Find your answer here.
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APC Library

The APC Library containing articles on planted aquarium topics, aquascapes, and people.
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Aquascaping

Discuss aquascaping designs and techniques as well as get critiques on your aquascaping pictures. Find out how to use aquatic plants, reefs, and wood to design a planted aquarium.
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General Aquarium Plants Discussions

Discuss aquarium plants, aquatic environments, aquarium lighting, aquarium filters, aquarium backgrounds, and other aquarium topics.
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Plant ID

Don't know what plant you have? Ask the experts here.
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El Natural

Diana Walstad's low-maintenance, soil-based 'El Natural' method for keeping plants and fish.
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Equipment

Aquarium Equipment - Discuss equipment to help setup your planted aquarium.
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DIY Aquarium Projects

For those that are handy or looking to save some money, discuss your DIY aquarium projects here.
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Algae

Algae Control - Get some advice for your algae problems. Control algae in your aquarium with the solutions given here.
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Fish for the Planted Aquarium

Planted Aquarium Fish - Discuss which type of aquarium fish are best suited for the aquatic plant environment you have created. Create a natural home for aquarium fish using aquatic plants.
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Shrimp & other Invertebrates

Aquarium Invertebrates - Discuss the varieties of freshwater shrimp, crayfish, and other invertebrates that will enhance your planted aquarium.
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Fertilizing

Science of Aquatic Fertilizing - Discuss fertilizing techniques and proper aquatic plant nutrition here.
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Lighting

Science of Aquatic Lighting - Aquarium lighting is essential for healthy aquatic plants. Discuss proper aquatic lighting for your plants and fish here.
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Substrates

Science of Aquatic Substrates - Substrate specific questions pertaining to your aquatic tank setup.
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Filtration

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Photography

Aquarium Photography - Discuss photography techniques, and the equipment necessary to capture beautiful aquarium pictures.
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Plant Physiology & Emersed Culture

The science of maintaining aquarium plants and emersed culture
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Cryptocorynes

Cryptocoryne plant species consists of 50+ plant species, and make a unique addition to a planted tank.
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Local Biotopes

Local Biotopes - A forum for hobbyists that are interested in and collect aquarium plants locally. Compare plant pictures, discuss collecting and plant growing techniques.
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Plant Finder

Plants

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PlantFinder Forum

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For Sale or Trade

Forum for the non-commercial sale/trade of aquarium plants related goods.
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Aqua Forest Aquarium

Please post your questions for Aqua Forest Aquarium here. Aqua Forest Aquarium
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Aquatic Plant Forums - Announcements for anything Aquatic Plant Forum related, APC contests and forum maintenance.
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The Water Bucket

A place to discuss just about anything that's on your mind that doesn't have to do with aquarium plants...
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Local or Regional Clubs

Club/Societies Announcements

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US Store Reviews

Review and discuss local stores. Compare notes on local availability. Store owners may post here as well
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The Aquatic Plant Society (TAPS)

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Dallas Ft Worth Aquatic Plant Club

A forum for the members of the DFWAPC.
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South Florida Aquatic Plant Club

A club for folks in the tri-county area.
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Pittsburgh Area Planted Aquarium Society PAPAS

Private forum for the members of PAPAS
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Sacramento Aquatic Plants Society (SAPS)

Meet and trade with other hobbyists in the Sacramento Aquatic Plants Society.
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Southern California Aquatic Plant Enthusiasts

Southern California Aquatic Plant Enthusiasts
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New England Aquatic Plant Society

Forum for the members of NEAPS
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Delaware Valley Aquatic Gardener's Association

Discussion forum for DVAGA
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Greater Washington Aquatic Plant Association GWAPA

A forum for the members of GWAPA.
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South Western Ohio Aquatic Plant Enthusiasts

A forum for the South Western Ohio Aquatic Plant Enthusiasts club.
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Nature Aquarium Club of Utah - NACU

A forum for the members of NACU.
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Hawaii Discussion Area

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Nature Aquarium Society of Houston (NASH)

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  1. I set up a 40 gallon outside to culture daphnia which is currently sustaining a healthy population. It is bare bottom with potted plants for easy setup and take down. I am looking for a solution to grow out my fry (platy and swordtail) with what I have and was wondering if they would be okay in...
  2. I composed this message in response to all the fear mongering about adding any sodium (Na+), mainly in the form baking soda to increase KH. Baking soda contains bicarbonates that can be used as a carbon source by many aquatic plants. The attack on sodium is reminiscent of the kerfuffle over...
  3. I gave up on the idea of using an acrylic tank after the one I had ordered arrived with great big gash in the lower left hand corner. Have no idea how it got there. I assume it left the seller in usable condition. These things happen: But, it left me with a bucket full of plants and four...
  4. Hey all. I have a 54 gal bowfront natural tank. I've noticed in the morning when the light first goes on that my water is cloudy. It clears up as the day goes on. Curious to know if anyone else has noticed this or know what's going on? Thanks! Ammonia/nitrite 0 Nitrate 5 pH 7.6 range GH 9 KH 5
  5. I started a 110l tank on the 30th of December 2021. The tank is 70cm x 35cm x 50cm. I had some leftover plant soil and some pond soil. First I put in the plant soil which was then covered with the pond soil. The soil was covered with fine granite gravel. The soil thickness is between 1cm at the...
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